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Books Read in 2010

December 31, 2010

My book list this year is rather short this year.  As I said previously, I decided not to listen to any audiobooks this year, and I really didn’t concentrate too much on reading anything early in the year.  I’ve been making up for it the second half of the year, but it makes for a small list.


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Papercraft Friday #92: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Nautilus

June 25, 2010

I recently listened to Doctor Who: Wreck of the Titan, which put me in the mood for some Jules Verne action.  The Disney Experience has a very nice model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which comes with an optional stand if you’d prefer not to hang it.  People who think Nemo is a fish need not apply.

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Game Impressions: Mass Effect 2

March 24, 2010


I remember the gaming Fall of 2007 very well.  Bioshock came out on August 21st.    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption came out on August 27th.   Halo 3 came out September 25th.  The Orange Box came out on October 7th.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out November 5th.  The first Assassin’s Creed came out November 16th.  Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune came out on November 19th.  Finally, on the same day as the original Rock Band came out, Bioware’s Mass Effect came out on November 20th.  In the span of exactly 3 months, 9 blockbuster titles came out.  It’s enough to make a gamer shout for joy and sob on his joystick all at the same time.

Of those titles, a few had a big effect on me.  I named Portal my Game of the Year, followed closely by Bioshock at #2.  Mass Effect was #7 in my Top 10.   While that might not seem high on my list, a quick look at my achievements shows that I started the game on November 21st, 2007 and completed it on December 5, 2007.  It doesn’t appear by the achievements that I played every day, but in that 15 day span I visited every planet, completed every side quest, and finished the game in just over 40 hours of gameplay.  Given the number of games I buy and never play, or start and never get far into, the fact that I spent 40 hours in 2 weeks on Mass Effect during that crowded Fall season says something about how much I enjoyed the game.

Still, I didn’t really wait with bated breath for Mass Effect 2.  In fact, as soon as it was announced that it would be coming in January, after the holiday release season, I sort of put it out of my mind.  When January came, I saw it on the list of upcoming titles, and it came back to the forefront of my consciousness.  I started reading Mass Effect: Ascension.  I played Mass Effect Galaxy.  I got the first issue of the Mass Effect: Redemption comic.  And I pre-ordered Mass Effect 2 from, with free shipping.  As the date approached, my anticipation rose and rose, until I regretted that free shipping option I picked.

Thankfully, my game arrived the day after release, and I fired it up that evening.  So do I think Mass Effect 2 is a worthy successor to the original Mass Effect?  Was my heightened anticipation rewarded?

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Amazon Kindle for Mac

March 18, 2010

Amazon released a beta today of its Kindle software for the Mac operating system.  As the press release states “Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC and Mac, and soon the iPad.”  I don’t know that I’ll ditch my Kindle in favor of reading on my Mac, but I’m glad to see the Mac love.  With Whispersync technology syncing my bookmarks and last page read across devices, it just gives me one more option to get that latest novel read.  Download yours today.

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Book Impressions: Mass Effect: Ascension

February 9, 2010

I feel immersed in all things Mass Effect lately.  Aside from playing Mass Effect 2 on the Xbox 360 and playing Mass Effect Galaxy on my iPod Touch, I’ve been reading the Mass Effect: Ascension audiobook.  Author Drew Karpyshyn was the lead writer on the first Mass Effect game, is co-lead writer on Mass Effect 2, and also wrote the first Mass Effect novel, Mass Effect: Revelation.  I read and reviewed that novel.  How does this one stack up?

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Finally, A Warcraft Audiobook

February 8, 2010

There have been talks of Warcraft audiobooks for more than a year.  As I posted in November 2008, Tantor Media recorded 3 books narrated by Dick Hill, but then they were mysteriously delayed and dropped off the radar.  Now Simon & Schuster is reporting that the new novel by Richard A. Knaak, World of Warcraft: Stormrage, is getting the audiobook treatment, with an eAudio version read by Richard Ferrone.  Still no word on the other three, but it’s a start.

The book will be available from Simon & Schuster’s website on February 23, 2010.

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Books Completed in 2009

December 31, 2009

Year-end has been crazy for me, with my primary posting computer on the fritz.  No top 10 lists this year, but a few posts on what I accomplished throughout the year, starting with books I read.  Between audiobooks and Kindle books, it was a pretty productive year, with about a book a month.  And some of those were pretty big books (two were 1000+ pages!).  Here’s the list

  • Ur by Stephen King (Kindle)
  • The Stand Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King (Kindle)
  • Gears of War: Aspho Fields by Karen Traviss (Kindle)
  • The Wheel of Time 1: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (unabridged audiobook)
  • The Wheel of Time 2: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (unabridged audiobook)
  • The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub (unabridged audiobook)
  • World of Warcraft: Arthas by Christie Golden (Kindle)
  • Daemon by Daniel Suarez (Kindle)
  • Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub (unabridged audiobook)
  • Song of Ice and Fire 1: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (unabridged audiobook)
  • Song of Ice and Fire 2: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (unabridged audiobook)
  • Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy Book 6 of 3: And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer (unabridged audiobook)
  • Under The Dome by Stephen King (unabridged audiobook)
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